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The Seder: What Takes So Long?

Understanding the importance of Passover.

Published: March 21, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 107

(98) Stan, April 4, 2015 5:17 AM

understanding Passover

this is the best explanation of Passover I've ever heard. Happy Passover to my Jewish friends. May your Seder be blessed with love of family and friends and wonderful food b

(97) Anonymous, April 2, 2015 4:01 PM

Not everyone has Family or Children

Not everyone has family and not everyone has children so the passing it on from "our parents or grandparents" does not work for one size fits all. I am not single but if I was and especially if I was yearning to be married w/children, this would be painful. I find that with a number of Jewish talks, the assumption that we all have and are part of a family on Jewish holidays especially a loving family that we want to with needs to be addressed. That assumption can do just the opposite of what is intended and that is to cause pain and rejection. The message in general, not just in this video needs to be sensitive and inclusive to all. When someone is outside of a large Jewish Community my experience is that it is very easy not to feel included. I am not sure it is everyone's favorite holiday. In Frum communities, it is easier to find a seder but in reform and conservative communities my experience is that people are much more exclusive. If I don't do the seder or have the funds to attend a synagogue seder, I won't be invited to anyone's house. It is not that I am disliked. It is that a seder is a lot of work and not everyone is into doing the "mitzvot" of guests. I have had people in large Jewish communities say to me you must have lots of invitations and I don't say anything. It hurts when people don't ask or try tol ask to come when it is not a Frum environment. I think it is important to recognize that not everyone has places to go. I am fortunate because I can make Pesach and make it meaningful. There are still many people that I would have liked to have invited that I don't have room for and I really do think it would be nice one day to do the "Seder Project", like the Shabbas Project and try to focus on just "one guest" especially in reform and conservative households. .

Anonymous, April 5, 2015 11:54 PM

Let all who are hungry, come and ...

We can't make people do things.
If you just ask, i know a place would be set for you.
To my knowledge all Jewish communities have placement for those looking. Though I would be hard pressed to think that reform or conservative would take advise from anyone out side their circle, no matter how good.
Next year check around ask, if you can't find a list of Seders, walk into any shul, with certainty they will find you a place, will to warm and inviting.



(96) penny, October 30, 2013 12:55 AM

Wow!

That was so powerful and inspiring! Thank you!

(95) joyce levitt, March 29, 2013 1:16 PM

That was amazing!!!!!!

It makes so much more sense to me why we do what we do and why it takes so long. Having this explanation before we start, will make all the difference in the world next year when we begin our seder. thank you.

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